The Disciple Women of Central Christian Church met Tuesday morning for the first meeting of the 2016/17 year.
The guest speaker was Central’s Interim Pastor, Dr. Wyatt Fenno. Disciples Women President Anne Pogson introduced Dr. Fenno and gave a brief recount of the study topic that will be developed by speakers throughout the coming year.
“This year’s study subject is ‘The Table and Beyond: Lavish Hospitality in the Bible,’ Anne said. With such an unusual title Anne explained that the editorial board of “Just Women,” a publication of the International Disciples Women’s Ministries, developed the study topic and suggested its title but the magazine’s editor, Rev. Kathy McDowell, questioned if the title and use of the word “lavish” would conjure up expensive, fancy, and luxurious images when that is not what was intended. But after referring to Ephesians 1:8, she accepted the use of the word.
“In Him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace that he lavished on us.
Dr. Fenno chose “The Last Supper” as his lesson topic and appropriately named his talk, “Suppertime with Jesus.” He gave a very practical synopsis of communion, addressing its symbolism and purpose. He also reminded us that the communion table is the Lord’s table, not ours, and we do not have license to extend or deny invitations. All are welcome!
Coincidentally, as the women began the year of “Lavish Hospitality,” a very “fancy and luxurious” gift was bestowed upon the group. A friend of the church presented a beautiful silver service to the organization for their use at formal get-togethers.
Other highlights of the meeting included collecting canned goods and non-perishable foods to distribute to North Dallas Shared Ministries and a fabulous luncheon prepared by the September hostesses.
The organization seems to be growing in numbers as its popularity as a community outreach group dedicated to empowering women to find their voice and live out their call becomes more and more known within the Dallas area.
Other charitable projects that the group will pursue this year include a coat drive for low-income children, holiday pie making for Austin Street and support of Bryan’s House.
If you are interested in visiting Disciples Women to learn more about the organization, contact Shelia Huffman, program chairman, 214-827-4568. You do not have to be a member of the church to be a part of the Disciple Womens ministry.
Speaking in October is Central member, B. J. Austin. A former broadcaster for KRLD, KERA and KVIL, you will enjoy hearing B.J.’s selection from the hospitality topics.